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Re: st: who can caompare stata with spss and sas
At 11:52 AM 12/18/2003 +0800, rghuang wrote:
i am study sociology, which sofeware is the most suitable.
Sure, Stata is fine for Sociological research. Here at Notre Dame, it has
been used by both undergraduate students in introductory statistics courses
and by some of our most high tech researchers. For an example of its use
in a Sociology graduate statistics course, see my colleague's web page at
anyone can give me some suggestion? thank you.
my department use spss,and i now want to use stata,but i don't know
whether stata is capable in sociology research?
i will be of great appreciation if you reply my letter.
Of course, SPSS is a fine program too; I've used it for almost 30 years. A
lot of it is just what you are used to. But, I'm starting to use Stata
more and more and I'm starting to teach my students how to use it
too. Stata's statistical routines are much more consistent and logical
than SPSS's. I generally find that I can do anything I want in SPSS, but
it is often easier to do it in Stata. Particular favorites of mine are the
-test- and -adjust- commands. I still tend to do most of my database
manipulation in SPSS but that is partly because I haven't bothered to learn
all the corresponding Stata commands; nor do I have a great need to learn
them since with Stat Transfer it is easy to convert data files from one
format to another.
I'm sure others can give you links to detailed comparisons of features, but
if the main question is, is Stata ok for sociologists, the answer is
certainly yes. Whether it is worth your while to become the only Stata
person in an SPSS environment may be another question.
Richard Williams, Associate Professor
OFFICE: (574)631-6668, (574)631-6463
WWW (personal): http://www.nd.edu/~rwilliam
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